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Year 4

Our fantastic Year 4 topics cover a wealth of exciting learning journeys that the children will love to engage in.

Year 4 will begin by building upon lots of prior knowledge, before adding in new information on some exciting and intriguing topics! As the older tier of Lower Key Stage 2, it is integral that children take responsibility for their own learning by reading, completing spellings and times tables at home each week to be continuous learners. 

Mathematics is taught using the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme, which embraces the love for practical learning. From this, the children will see themselves as mathematicians and can apply their skills more readily in reasoning and problem-solving. Each lesson has many parts, allowing the children time to discuss and develop methods and skills to solve questions. This development results in a greater depth of mathematical understanding and ability to reason with their methods.

English will be taught in a number of strands that marry together in the children’s writing. Each week the children will be given spellings that support their learning within English at a Year 4 level. During the week, the children will have discrete grammar and punctuation lessons that they can apply in their writing. Engaging stimuli from our topic, or topic-based texts, are used to create writing genres for the children to apply their skills in a real life context.

Reading in Year 4 is taught daily to focus on deepening their reading understanding. A range of stimuli will be used to engage the children to apply their reading skills, such as inference, deduction and justifying their answers or opinions. All children in Key Stage 2 read for 20 minutes a day and have the opportunity to quiz on their book and change their book based on their achieved level.

What their teacher says:

I feel incredibly lucky to have even longer seeing my class all bloom in Year 4! Get set for an exciting few months together!
Miss White

The autumn term

I am warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle. We will draw our sword, wield our axe and challenge our foes to a Roman duel! Do we invade or wait to defend the attack? And will it be a success for the Romans or the Celts… the fight is on! Enjoy discovering warring Britain and finding out what the Romans did for us in the first topic - I am warrior!

Moving on from I am warrior, Year 4 will sail back to the Dark Ages in Trader and Raiders. Big and strong, powerful and brave the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores. Year 4 will find out about the lives of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from, meeting the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia – never before had such terror swept the land. Children will make a Saxon sword or a Viking brooch and decorate it with intricate patterns before choosing to be a Saxon or Viking when trading crafty goods.

English will be taught in a number of strands that marry together in the children’s writing. Each week the children will be given spellings that support their learning within English at a Year 4 level. During the week, the children will have discrete grammar and punctuation lessons that they can apply in their writing. Engaging stimuli from our topic, or topic-based texts, are used to create writing genres for the children to apply their skills in a real-life context.

Reading in Year 4 is taught daily to focus on deepening their reading understanding. A range of stimuli will be used to engage the children to apply their reading skills, such as inference, deduction and justifying their answers or opinions.

Children are encouraged to read at home as often as possible, through their own choice of authors and genres from our extensive library, which increases their vocabulary and spelling skills to add to the valuable work that we carry out in class. All children in Key Stage 2 read for 20 minutes a day and have the opportunity to quiz on their book and change their book based on their achieved level.

Mathematics is taught using the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme, which embraces the love for practical learning. From this, the children will see themselves as mathematicians and can apply their skills more readily in reasoning and problem-solving. Each lesson has many parts, allowing the children time to discuss and develop methods and skills to solve questions. This development results in a greater depth of mathematical understanding and ability to reason with their methods. This year, children will be the first pupils to undertake the new government multiplication test, so we will be ensuring that pupils get lots of practice at home and school.

Curriculum and knowledge organisers

What the children say:

We love Class Dojo this year because our teacher notices when we are being our best. (Harvey) I hope that I can learn to help other people when I am in Year 4 so that when I am older I can help others around the world (Sophie)